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The Absolute Wilderness Adventure Race has been running since 2014. Here’s some highlights from the past 4 years. Murchison 2014 - The first AWAR!! Teams rafted the Buller River and explored the Matataki Valley, the race finished in Murchison with the highlights being the Mole Tops and teams exploring areas that had interesting earthquakes faults and areas with rich mining history. Murchison 2015 - Back in Murchison but this year the course rafted a different section of the Buller River and teams spent the day in the Owen Valley going into some wild and remote places. The long course teams summited the...

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Kahurangi National Park is the second largest national park in New Zealand. In Maori the name means treasured possession and to locals its most certainly that. Designated a national park in 1996 the park includes the Tasman wilderness area, an area with no huts or tracks that remains completely undeveloped. Kahurangi holds a special place in the history of Absolute Wilderness too, Grant and Andrew came up with the idea for Absolute Wilderness sitting beside an alpine tarn deep within the park. With numerous areas of limestone and marble the caving potential in Kahurangi is virtually unlimited. Both the longest and...

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I am not a curry eater, ask anyone I cave with and they will tell you “if you want to get enough to eat, make the meal nice and spicy and Kieran won’t eat his share.” However Sunday evening sitting in Nettlebed’s Soft Rock café camp deep inside Mount Arthur feeling cold and hungry I didn’t have any choice over what to eat.  Absolute Wilderness had given Chris Whitehouse and I a whole bunch of freeze dried meals for our big Christmas caving mission and nearly all the dinners were Red Thai curry. The day itself had been a lot...

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1, The best day hike - Abel Tasman National Park With lush coastal forest, golden sand beaches and warm blue water the Abel Tasman has it all. Start at Marehau and walk to Anchorage or take a water taxi further into the park and walk back out - you can't go wrong. The tracks are incredibly well formed and every beach is as equally as stunning as the next. The only thing you're going to regret is not doing an overnight trip. Time: 1hr to 6hrs+ 2, The best adventure in your car - Driving The Molesworth Road The Molesworth Road takes you...

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